Er. Dhan Prasad Shrestha was born on 4 September, 1944 to Mr. Jeet Bahadur Shrestha and Mrs. Gauri Maya Shrestha in Jaljala village of Terahathum, Nepal. Er. Shrestha completed his Bachelors in Engineering in Civil Environmental Engineering from University of Roorkee in India and attained his post-graduate degree in Sanitary Engineering from Delft University of Technology in Netherlands.
What instigated Mrs. Gauri Maya Shrestha and her son Er. Dhan Prasad Shrestha to establish an organization dedicated to helping disabled children in rural Morang was the birth of Seena Kumari Shrestha, Er. Shrestha’s daughter. At birth, now Mrs. Seena, was a normal child and almost perfect, except for a tiny tumor in her lower spine. By the age of three, her tumor had grown to a size where there was no other option but to have it removed. The operation was successful in eliminating the tumor but it left the lower half of Mrs. Seena’s body immobile. The years that followed the operation was difficult for the entire Shrestha family. To cope with a disabled Seena was taking an emotional and financial toll on them, but they were patient. They waited for miracle to happen, never giving up on the tiny gleam of hope that maybe one day Seena will be able to walk. But that never happened. Er. Shrestha shares, “The first four or five years after the operation was frustrating. It wasn’t Seena’s helpless state that ate me away from the inside. It was my helplessness to do something for my daughter that killed me. And the same was for the entire family.” But they persevered and came through it. And so did Seena. Time healed the bruises of the operation and the emotional pain that came along with it.
Today, Seena is happily married and has a 14 year old son. Er. Dhan Prasad Shrestha and his mother Mrs. Gauri Maya Shrestha feel that it was their stable economic condition and the understanding and support of the entire family that contributed to a normal life for Seena. If the same situation was faced by a poorer family, they would have crumbled beneath the financial and emotional needs. It is this realization that prompted zeal and determination to help the disabled of rural Nepal and their family. And so in 2001, Shri Jeet Handicap Service Center was established after the name of Er. Shrestha’s late father (Jeet Bahadur Shrestha).